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Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants Worldwide: the Most Amazing Places to Eat

Updated on January 12, 2015

Strange Diners and Where to Find Them

If there's one thing travelers know for sure, it's that the world is full of interesting places. In my own experience, it seems that food is one of the best ways that people find to express themselves all around the globe, and it's for that reason that I purposely seek out the weird, the unique, and the occasionally gross -- you learn about people.

Naturally, then, I'm not surprised that weird diners like these actually exist. Planning an interesting excursion but don't know where to eat? Try one of these super weird places on for size!

Would You Try It?

Would you go to a weird restaurant in a foreign country?

Sure! You only live once, right?

Sure! You only live once, right?

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    • Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I have many times... the worst thing I was offered was camel hooves in sauce. Ugh.

    • PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      I have to say yes because I already have.

    • PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Definitely I would like to try it.If you like to enjoy the real food taste of a country, then pay attention to the weird restaurant of that country.

    • Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      That depends on what kind of weird it is. With strange looking food that could give me stomach upset? NO!!1 Weird in terms of design or layout? SURE THING!

    • Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I have been in Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Japan and Tasmania. So I have my fair share of weird restaurants.

    • DebMartin 3 years ago

      Absolutely!

    Nope! I'd feel awkward, and I'm afraid I wouldn't know what to do!

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      • Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

        Probably not - I'm sort of picky about eating weird things, especially unusual sources of animal protein.

      • Marcel White 3 years ago

        I believe that the "right" answer is the other one but, on this subject, I prefer to be on the minority side. I agree that we only live once but it doesn't mean we have to try any trendy ideas someone suggests.

      Hajime Robot Restaurant

      Bangkok, Thailand

      Yes, your robot waiter will dance to Gangnam Style upon request.

      The Hajime Robot Restaurant is one of the world's more well-known strange restaurants, serving Japanese cuisine with a mechanical twist. Expect to be served by a cheerful robot clad in samurai attire and zipping around to dish out your choice of shabu (boiling soup), a BBQ set, or individual orders. In addition to this warrior waiter, Hajime also sports a more ladylike robotess, so the choice is yours. Bring the kids and -- I can almost guarantee -- they'll be dancing around with the robots!

      In addition to whatever dinner you order, you'll also get some sushi plates, and the meal is all you can eat. So if you're looking for an interesting restaurant gimmick, why not give robots a shot?

      Alcatraz ER

      Tokyo, Japan

      This place ranks right up there as one of my favorite places in the world -- you can read more about it (and other weird places in Japan) here: http://www.squidoo.com/the-top-10-weirdest-must-se...

      Only in Alcatraz ER can you sip your drink out of a (frighteningly real-looking) brain, dish out your dessert from a syringe, and eat your meal in a jail cell. Themed as a medical prison, you can expect all the food you order to be a little, err, "precarious." You might try some "dead chicken," or you can just sit silently and slurp some goo out of a test tube.

      Did I mention you get to be handcuffed?

      Don't worry, it's all in good fun -- just don't forget to use a steel pipe to bang on the bars of your cell if you want the waitresses' attention. Warning: not for the faint of heart. Oh...and don't go by yourself. Not only is it super creepy, you pay a flat fee for the food and it's all you can eat, so bring your friends.

      Dinner in the Sky - Brussels, Belgium

      It's important to note, first of all, that if you want to be suspended 50 meters above ground while you have three chefs personally cater to you (and up to 21 other people, if you'd like), you don't REALLY need to go all the way to Brussels. That's where Dinner in the Sky has its headquarters, but they'll come to you!

      If you're really into it, you can not only eat your food while floating in the air but also enjoy a band or other entertainment similarly suspended next to you. Meals have ranged from sushi to lobster to something simple like a cocktail party, and the chefs serving you come from various countries like Lebanon, France, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, and Estonia.

      Dinner not good enough for you? You can also get married in the sky and have the party catered by these fine people.

      Opaque - Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

      Otherwise known as "Dining in the Dark," Opaque is a restaurant (now opening in Dallas and New York too!) where you exchange your sense of sight for heightened senses of smell and taste. The entire meal, which usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is served and consumed in complete darkness, robbing you of your sense of vision in order to enhance your palate and create an entirely new dining experience.

      Your servers, who are either blind or visually impaired, are readily available to offer reassurance to nervous guests, and they have been specially trained to comfortably and safely cater meals in complete darkness.

      Meals vary and you have a variety of choices; in Los Angeles, for example, your meal consists of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and can include dishes like filet mignon, seared Atlantic salmon, and mango panna cotta. Although the price is a bit steep ($99 for the set menu per person, though $79 on Wednesdays and Thursdays!), keep in mind that you are paying not only for the food but for the experience. And you ARE eating things like filet mignon. But if you only come in for a drink, fear not -- your bill will be safe under $10.

      Huashan Teahouse

      Huayin, China

      The tea in the Huashan Teahouse is, apparently, to die for.

      In order to reach the teahouse, be prepared to hike up an EXTREMELY precarious mountain path, tiptoeing your way across inordinately thin wooden planks jutting out from the sheer face of the mountain. So you've made it past that? Great! Now just climb the chain ladder and hook your feet into the nice little holes that people dug out to help you cling to the mountain face. You won't fall -- if you've got a good grip. After that, it's just a short trip up the world's steepest staircase and you're set for a cup of tea!

      Not joking. Seriously.

      Rated as one of the world's most dangerous restaurants, I'd hope the tea there is worth it. People have died traveling the Huashan Pass (known as the most dangerous hiking trail in the world), though it's still debated whether any of those were on the way to the teahouse.

      Weird Restaurant Runner-Up Candidates

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      Baggers, a restaurant in Nuremberg, Germany, where there are no waiters. The food is ordered electronically and delivered to you via chutes.The Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan is made of toilets, sinks, and other potty-time attire. Please don't order the chocolate ice cream.Karne Garibaldi, in Gaudalajara, Mexico, serves up your food at Guinness World Record speeds -- on average, around 13 seconds from order to served.Museum H.R. Giger, which commemorates Giger's amazing artistic abilities, has an adjoining bar full of amazing architectural wonders (and great food!)
      Baggers, a restaurant in Nuremberg, Germany, where there are no waiters. The food is ordered electronically and delivered to you via chutes.
      Baggers, a restaurant in Nuremberg, Germany, where there are no waiters. The food is ordered electronically and delivered to you via chutes.
      The Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan is made of toilets, sinks, and other potty-time attire. Please don't order the chocolate ice cream.
      The Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan is made of toilets, sinks, and other potty-time attire. Please don't order the chocolate ice cream.
      Karne Garibaldi, in Gaudalajara, Mexico, serves up your food at Guinness World Record speeds -- on average, around 13 seconds from order to served.
      Karne Garibaldi, in Gaudalajara, Mexico, serves up your food at Guinness World Record speeds -- on average, around 13 seconds from order to served.
      Museum H.R. Giger, which commemorates Giger's amazing artistic abilities, has an adjoining bar full of amazing architectural wonders (and great food!)
      Museum H.R. Giger, which commemorates Giger's amazing artistic abilities, has an adjoining bar full of amazing architectural wonders (and great food!)

      Where Would You Eat?

      If you could only eat at one of these places, which one would you choose?

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      Questions? Comments? Talk to me!

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          Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I'd probably skip all of these restaurants. I like adventure, but not so much when it comes to dining in strange places.

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          carrieott 3 years ago

          @RinchenChodron: Thanks!

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          carrieott 3 years ago

          @DebMartin: Right? I wonder if they have to train staff in case that happens? lol :)

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          carrieott 3 years ago

          @Aladdins Cave: Thanks! I've been to Aussie, so I should totally find some weird restaurants there and post about them here as well.

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          carrieott 3 years ago

          @Heidi Vincent: I think that would be a lot of fun too!

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          carrieott 3 years ago

          @PaigSr: Trying new things is one of the greatest joys in life! Sometimes it's scary when you first start, but then you can look back and be super excited that you did it! I'm not one for spicy things either, by the way. :)

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          carrieott 3 years ago

          @StrongMay: Tell me about it. The people who think of these probably have to deal with all their friends saying, "Wait, you're going to make WHAT kind of restaurant?"

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          carrieott 3 years ago

          @Elyn MacInnis: I'd love to go there! But I wonder what you do if it sends you the wrong order?

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          Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

          I like the idea of the Baggers restaurant. What a cool delivery method! Like a big marble shoot.

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          StrongMay 3 years ago

          Wow. People sure get creative!

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          PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

          You know you never talk to me... OK so I get songs stuck in my head. But seriously you need to try new things. And as long as the food is not spicy I am there.

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          PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

          Thanks for sharing the Weird Restaurant in your lens.Look forward for some other Weird Restaurants in rest of the world. You can find more of them. Keep searching and post another lens. Looking forward for it...

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          Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

          Dinner in the sky was my 'favorite' weird.

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          Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

          Nice lens. Good info about place's to visit.

          Thank you and Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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          DebMartin 3 years ago

          The toilet restaurant cracks me up. I don't think that one would work for me. I'd probably wet my pants, feeling that familiar seat underneath me and forgetting where I was. ;-)

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          RinchenChodron 3 years ago

          Nicely researched and interesting and unusual. Well done!